Southport Councillor secures switch on of ‘FORGOTTEN’ lights in time for Christmas
A leading campaigner for the restoration and improvement of Southport has secured the repair of five neglected Victorian street lamps in the town centre in time for Christmas.
Cllr David Barton revealed that the ornate spherical lamp posts between Kingsway and Coronation Walk on Lord Street had not been working properly for two years, leading people to believe they had been forgotten about.
Cllr Barton, who represents Dukes Ward on Sefton Council, said the repairs meant the area would be safer for pedestrians and help deter crime during the busy run up to Christmas.
Cllr Barton said: “I was contacted by residents who were concerned that these street lamps had been either not working or were working intermittently for two years.
“Having liaised with Scottish Power and Sefton Council I am now delighted to say that a problem with the electrical feeder column has been resolved.
“It may take a few more days for the council to re-programme the timer but the lamps are now working, creating a much safer night time environment for everyone.
“I would like to thank local residents for getting in touch about this issue, which is part of the regenerative work I am campaigning for, which helps to drive increasing inward investment back into Southport.
“It is essential that the whole high street is looked after, especially during special tourist seasons such as Christmas and summer where the town is on proud display to the rest of the country.”
Cllr Barton is hoping to gain support from Sefton Council to have the lamp posts restored fully along the length of Lord Street.
“These wonderful Victorian lamp posts are an integral part of Southport’s heritage and create a lasting impression amongst visitors to the town.
“Events such as The Open at Royal Birkdale next year also attract many business and corporate guests who may become potential investors in our town as a result of what they see so it pays to make a good and lasting impression.”
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